Gorgeous night in #Boston. ????
It's a beautiful evening to be in #Boston! ☀️
We recently received exciting news that at the age of 28, our North American porcupine, Cooper, is currently the oldest known North American porcupine! Our Live Animal Curator, Bunny Watson, learned this when she reached out to Dr. Uldis Roze, professor emeritus of Biology at Queens College, CUNY, an expert and the author of numerous books about North American porcupines.
Cooper came to the museum when he was just a few months old in 1988. He was presumed to be an orphan, and came to us from a rehabilitator where he had been hand-raised. Because he was so acclimated to people, he needed to stay in human care. He participated frequently in museum animal presentations for many years, until his retirement a few years ago. He is beloved by our staff and lives with his companion Noonee, a younger female porcupine who was born in a zoo. Here are photos showing Cooper as a baby and today!